Birth rate declined by 3.2% in 2016: CAPMAS

The number of births recorded in 2016 was 2.6 million, a 3.2 percent decline compared to 2015, the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) reported.

The average sex ratio at birth remained fixed at 105 males per 100 females.
The number of male births in 2016 recorded 1.3 million, declining by 3.1 percent, while the number of female births was 1.2 million, down by 3.2 percent.

According to CAPMAS, the number of births was higher in rural areas, where 52.3 percent of the total births took place, compared to 47.7 percent in urban areas.

Cairo ranked first in terms of the number of births in 2016, as 241,000 births occurred in the governorate. South Sinai ranked last with a total 3,372 births in 2016, increasing by 1.9 percent compared to 2015.

According to the report, 556,000 deaths were recorded in 2016, down by 3.1 percent compared to in 2015.
The number of male deaths recorded was 307,000, while the female mortality rate recorded 249,000.
Males accounted for 55.2 percent of total deaths.


Infants (less than a year old) morality rates recorded 39,301 deaths in 2016, compared to 42,050 deaths in 2015, down by 6.5 percent.


Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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